Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

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Donovan's Steakhouse at San Diego - Gaslamp has a rich and intimate ambience and is enhanced by world-class unobtrusive service. The Chef serves 100% USDA Prime beef 100% of the time. Donovan's wine list of over 300 wines features the best the world has to offer.

Our steak and seafood dishes are traight-forward, honest and always flavorful. Our executive chefs achieve Donovan’s high standards of excellence with every dish. Prime USDA, house-cut steaks, market fresh seafood flown in daily, and fresh seasonal vegetables are crafted into the delectable entrees, sides and appetizers you expect at a premier steakhouse.

Complete your night out on the town dining at Donovan’s classic steakhouse in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. One block west of Petco Park, one block north of the San Diego Convention Center and just four miles from San Diego International Airport.
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Daily 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. This was the first time dining at this location. Service was awesome.

CG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went here for our Valentine’s celebration. The food was great, well except for the bones that showed up in the salmon towards the end of the meal. That was not so great!

H
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a first rate meal, great service, and good value.

TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of San Diego's best restaurants. Service team was professional providing excellent customer service. Food was fantastic in all ways. Highly recommend for any special occasion with that someone special or just sharing a meal with friends.

e
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines weekend and food was substandard compare to other visits. Event at Petco park delayed our already very costly valet parking. Will avoid Downtown SD altogether when events ongoing

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife to the Valentine’s Day dinner, it was very attractive setting with dim lighting and noise level was low. They had a great plate advertisement. Food was amazing from beginning to end. I highly recommend Donovan’s to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My 1st time going. I loved it. I really enjoyed the ambiance. It wasn't so quiet that you feel like you can hear yourself eat but it wasn't noisy it was a nice comfortable everybody's welcome ambiance. Dinner was delicious start to finish. I really really loved the Broiled Oysters! I could eat those every day.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Loud table next to us, food was below my expectations, steak was over cooked and dry. Not the best experience. This was my second time at Donovan’s but will be my last.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal! Our waiter Charles was very knowledgeable and attentive. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it.

VP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very expensive, but worth it for a special occasion! Exceptional service, and the filet mignon was incredible. The gratin potatoes were AMAZING.

NN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charles was a great server, food was delicious! Highly recommend Cajun Ribeye and Peppercorn Filet Mignon

ER
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 3rd anniversary here with my girlfriend and everything was perfect. Service, food, atmosphere, wine, etc. I ordered the cajun ribeye hands down best steak I've ever had. We also recieved a complimentary creme brulee and that was amazing as well. Thank you for the experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charles was fabulous

l
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service, and definitely will return again.

MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the service was superior. There was a slight delay in getting our table at the reserved time but understandable as we had a party of 8 and the group before us took a little longer. Will definitely come back here the next time in San Diego. I can't say enough about the unbelievable service we received from the hostess, the bar tenders, our servers, and of course the manager that checked in on us. A great, great dining experience.

MU
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Donovan's for our anniversary. I made reservations online with OpenTable. Not only was our reservation successful, they had rose petals on our table in celebration of our anniversary, a fantastic touch! The food was excellent, the service all around was fantastic!

OT
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Diego boasts a number of upscale steakhouses. Donovan‘s if not the best is at least among the top three. It’s expensive so we aren’t likely to be, regulars, but for the occasional special occasion it’s one of our go to places. Both the food and the service are excellent and worth it.

TB
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks were “melt in your mouth” fabulous! Service was impeccable, by David.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of the food is above any similar restaurant.

AN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent visit. Mr. Castro and his staff were magnificent. Donovan's has and always will be my favorite place to celebrate family events, love and life. Thank you for a wonderful experience and visit.

IC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great service, great food and superb wine selection.

WC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from our waiter Charles and the crew. The filet was unbelievably tender and flavorful and the potatoes were amazing. Would like to go again soon.

C
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion size was adequate, potatoes and veggie sides included with choice of meat. I had the salmon, my husband had the lamb chops. Both were excellent! Very good wine list without being overwhelming. Wait staff was very attentive. Pretty pricey, but worth it for a very nice meal out.

JL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent. Prices may be a little high.

KB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The service was excellent but the quality of food was not good. It was definitely not worth paying that much for what you get. The steak was expensive but wasn't tender and juicy. Thinking about the price and quality of the food, I wouldn't recommend to my friends.

JR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little on the expensive side so perfect for special occasions. The complimentary creme brûlée was the bomb!

d
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They were out of multiple wines.

Y
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, a true fine dining experience!

OT
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente cocina

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MT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday and the host said she was going to let our waiter know that it was my birthday but they forgot. Other than that it was great

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service is excellent.
I have never been disappointed.

MH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with family! Good value for the money, great food! This is one of the restaurants we went to in San Diego that had the nicest staffs, everyone was welcoming and made this a wonderful experience. I travel all over the world and eat at steakhouses, this is top notch!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year dinner

LP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was the service. Had salmon, filet, calamari, oysters, creme brûlée, tiramisu...

Only complaint is the oysters has large pieces of shell in them, not cleaned thoroughly.

TE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food! Filet mignon cooked to perfection nearly melts in your mouth. Fresh lobster and seafood was excellent. Above all was the wait staff. Charles, Ivan, Jose and the rest of the team did a great job taking care of us.

RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The bacon-wrapped scallops on the steak and filet combo were small and tasteless. The steak was just OK. Worst feature is the prices on the wine list - absolutely exorbitant. If you go, take your own wine and pay $25 corkage.

MR
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic steakhouse with high quality food and impeccable service.

OT
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience. Moses was wonderful!!! Delicious food

RC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, Typically we go to Ruth Chris but decided to try something different. From the time we walked in the door to the time we left the staff was friendly and helpful, service was attentive and professional. The food was flavorful and portions large, our steaks were great without any other seasonings needed but the bleu cheese took it to another level. The wine list was extensive but our host(Charles) was very knowledgeable and helped us pick a wonderful port. We were pleasantly surprised when we were served a complimentary crème brulee to celebrate the event. Can't put a price on great food along with outstanding service. We look forward to returning to sample the rest of the menu options.

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